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Old 04-16-2008, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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8.8 install in tj and other cool things

so im removing the dana 35 out of my jeep and installing a 1996 ford explorer8.8 axle into my jeep with a somwhat custom 4 link system. im also going to install comp corners and tubed ft fenders

arb, and master install kit from complete off road

4:56, and dif cover from 4x4 group buy

emergency brake kit, yoke, spring pads, and lower control arms mounts from M.O.R.E

i whent down to rubicon express and bought RM23000 ~ TRI-LINK LEFT UPPER C/A MOUNT RM23005 ~ TRI-LINK RIGHT UPPER C/A MOUNT

i then whent to roughtuffspecialties and bout there med weight truss, 2 long 90* truss tabs and 2 small 90* truss tabs

1 x TJ Tube Fender Kit (SFW-50013) Additional Options Add Micro LED's
1 x TJ Comp Cut Corner Guards (SFW-30015) Additional Options Add 4" Round LED's from. from sniper fabworks.

i still need to buy brake pads, parking brake shoes, brake disc hardware kit rear, brake caliper kit, brake line kit, t hose and a 03 rubicon proportioning valve... i think....


what it looked lik in the begining


heres what i have so far


i tacked the inner truss, in place need to take over to friends house so i can get a 220 weld on that truss. when its all welded up it will a fully boxed in truss 3/8" steel and 1/4" steel.


what it will look like when all done


nothing else to do till later so i took the fender flars off


when the parts come in i will keep posting the progress
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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welded truss

truss is all done


spring pads, flange and e brakes cables came in today
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Where did you get that winch cover? Homemade? It looks like neoprene, and I am looking for something very similar. Thanks.
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Where did you get that winch cover? Homemade? It looks like neoprene, and I am looking for something very similar. Thanks.
I know Warn and Ramsey make a nice neoprene cover. I have used both and it is worth the money for them. My winch is 3 years old and looks like new. Sorry to hijack the thread.

Jeep looks good.
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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its a ramsey cover turned around ontop a warn winch.

i got the spring pads and l.c.a. tacked on, did ruff mount under the jeep to make it all lined up and it did 5hrs later and many bud lights down the hatch.
i will post a pict tomarrow once the u.c.m are made and tacked on
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Are those 33 inch tires? If yes, you will love those 4:56 gears. I did the 8.8 swap a couple years ago in my TJ. I still have the never installed proportioning valve.. I guess I will install it someday just because I have it, but I honestly have yet to see the need for it.
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Looking good. Make sure while your building the 8.8 you weld the tubes to the housing the tubes can spin so might as well run a bead now and never have to think about it again. Nice work, keep posting.
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Looking good. Make sure while your building the 8.8 you weld the tubes to the housing the tubes can spin so might as well run a bead now and never have to think about it again. Nice work, keep posting.
Good advice here....

The guy that did my welding said he did it in little spurts as he was concerned about generating too much heat on the axle tubes.
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looking at doing the same some day, but probably with an aussie instead. looking forward to more pics. thanks
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
 
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you cant see it but the tubes are welded. and the tires are 35's.
with with the R.E u.c.a mounts you need to buy 2-1/2 ball jounts to fit into the new mounts. if you dont buy the kit. i diddnt know that yesterday when we where doing mock up. but i bought them today and installed them in the u.c.a mounts..

soory about the picts ile get them as soon as possible,
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wow buddie, I think ill put a dictionary in your jeep for you.
As soon as im feeling better, those brackets will be made and installed.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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man.... i wrote all that after coming from your house when i was tired.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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i bought some moser c clip eliminators yesterday.. then i did some more reading and found out they suck @ss. but superior is the only way to go i here so im sending them back.. im going to go work on the jeep tomarrow so i post some picts of what i got..
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Hey bud heres what it looks like done. Now get you lazy ass over here and put it in so i can go back to work on my toy.
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Old 04-23-2008, 09:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
 
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yup thats it above, mike honcho welded it all up. that upper link mount was made by mike honcho as well. we hade to alter the truss to get those 1/2"x4" bolts through to the mount. we had shave a little length off the bolts, but i shaved a little to much. so we welded the bolts to the inside of the mount wich should make it easy to bolt up..the arb and install kit cam in today. so tomarrow we will mount the axle under the jeep, run the brake lines, and install the locker and gears. i bought the supper 88 but that hasnt come in yet. we will have to install the later on this week when it comes in. i will also post some pictures up aswell..
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:29 AM   #16 (permalink)
 
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well here it is jeep is supporting its own arb, 456 gears. triangulated 4 link






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Old 04-30-2008, 11:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
 
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i still have brake lines to run.. arb line to run.. e brake hook up, shocks mounts to build and install.. sniper fab comp corners to install and sniper fab flat fenders to install
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Hurry up with the Sniper comp corners. I just ordered a set and want to see what they look like on a rig.
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:57 PM   #19 (permalink)
 
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hopefully tomarrow i will install those fenders

here are my foa shocks. i had to get a new small cat and muffler to fit under the jeep because the muffler would get in the way of the upper link

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guys this thread is done. all posts are now to be made here

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Why does everybody do a 8.8 sawp? It is not much stronger than the 35, hangs down like an anchor, and requires to much money to be a real contender. Wouldn't a 9 inch be a better choice? Maybe a 44 or the 60. Just have never understood this swap.
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Why does everybody do a 8.8 sawp? It is not much stronger than the 35, hangs down like an anchor, and requires to much money to be a real contender. Wouldn't a 9 inch be a better choice? Maybe a 44 or the 60. Just have never understood this swap.
The 8.8 is easy to find. If you're suggesting a 44, then you should know that the 8.8 is stronger than the 44 stock to stock.
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Why does everybody do a 8.8 sawp? It is not much stronger than the 35, hangs down like an anchor, and requires to much money to be a real contender. Wouldn't a 9 inch be a better choice? Maybe a 44 or the 60. Just have never understood this swap.

So your saying a 8.8 isnt much stronger than a D35? Id say thats not too accurate.

The axle shaft strength tested by Warn Ind:
F8.8= 6,500 (lb. ft.)
D44= 4,600-5,000 (lb. ft.)
D35C= 4,000-4,300 (lb. ft.)
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COT: Continuous output torque rating
MOT: Maximum output torque rating

(Numbers from January edition of Fourwheeler, page 60.)
Dana 35 rear axle COT: 870 MOT: 3480
Dana 44 rear axle COT: 1100 MOT: 4460
Ford 8.8 28spline COT: 1250 MOT: 4600
Ford 8.8 31spline COT: 1360 MOT: 5100
Dana60 semifloat COT: 1500 MOT: 5500]


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yup wht he said
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remember too that there are plenty of mustang guys out there pushing 800-1000 hp at the rear tires with nothing more than a set of 31spline axles and a limited slip, and maybe a girdle. 8.8 has got to be the biggest bang for the buck out there.
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